discomfiture

noun
dis·​com·​fi·​ture | \ dis-ˈkəm(p)-fə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce discomfiture (audio) , -chər, especially Southern -ˌt(y)u̇r \

Definition of discomfiture

: the act of discomfiting : the state of being discomfited

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Examples of discomfiture in a Sentence

blushed and lowered her eyes in evident discomfiture
Recent Examples on the Web So begins the play-within-the play, the tale of an old man, Alonso Quijano, who to the discomfiture of his family becomes Don Quixote de La Mancha, a knight errant who lives for chivalry, justice and love. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: SDMT’s stirring ‘Man of La Mancha’ delivers as it dares to dream the impossible," 29 Sep. 2019 But Zeldin’s discomfiture stands out because his party has made him a standard-bearer for its pro-Israel stance. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "For prominent Jewish Republican, Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ jab is a term to avoid," 27 Aug. 2019 Excited by the discomfiture of their masters, the peoples of European empires elsewhere in the world licked their lips and awaited the next European war. K.n.c., The Economist, "The radical politics of futurists and fascists—and us, here, today," 19 July 2019 Failure and broken promises are not cause for discomfiture. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 Both sides enjoyed the discomfiture of the foreign-policy establishment when Mr. Trump challenged conventional wisdom, and both praised his willingness to pursue a more unilateral course in foreign affairs. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Populist Schism Over Syria," 23 Dec. 2018 Modern mathematicians have overcome the Greeks’ discomfiture with irrational numbers (and have discovered, in fact, that there are far more irrational numbers than rational ones). Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Shed Light on Minimalist Conjecture," 9 July 2013 Excited by the discomfiture of their masters, the peoples of European empires elsewhere in the world licked their lips and awaited the next European war. K.n.c., The Economist, "The radical politics of futurists and fascists—and us, here, today," 19 July 2019 Failure and broken promises are not cause for discomfiture. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of discomfiture

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Discomfiture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discomfiture. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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